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Argentinian citizen in the UK

See J.Mendoza's Profile 23 July, 2013
J.Mendoza

01. What is your name?

Julio Mendoza

02. What is your age group?

36-45

03. Where are you originally from?

Argentina

04. In which country are you now living?

United Kingdom

05. How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?

I have been in the UK for 3 years, and I plan to stay.

06. Are you living alone or with your family?

With my girlfriend.

07. Why did you move?

I moved due to employment opportunities.

08. How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?

Daunting, but already speaking the language helped.

09. Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?

As a sociable person I found it easy, though I don't find myself socialising with other Argentinian people very often (I don't see many around).

10. Was it hard to get a visa or a work permit?

I had a job lined up before I moved, which helped.

11. Was it difficult for you to get medical insurance before you went there or when you first arrived?

No problem.

12. How do you make your living in the country? Do you have any type of income generated?

Graphic design

13. Do you speak the language and do you think it's important to speak the local language?

Yes, and it seems as if it would be very difficult without doing so. There are not a lot of Spanish speakers in the UK.

14. Please add your thoughts on local customs and whether it's important for expats to respect/observe local customs.

People in London seem to have issues with politeness and personal space. If you aren't overly rude to people and don't stand too close, you'll be ok.

15. Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Yes, a lot. But they get to come over for holidays.

16. Do you have other plans for the future?

I'd like to apply for British citizenship once I meet the requirements.

17. What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home?

I am renting, which seems very expensive in London.

18. What is the cost of living in your new country?

In London, rent and bills are at least £1,000 per month.

19. What do you think about the local people?

Reserved, but friendly once you get to know them.

20. What are the positive and negative aspects of living here?

Positive - Lots of people/places to see Negative - Expensive

21. Do you have any tips for our readers about moving to, or living in the country?

I'd recommend London, but would suggest that people be prepared for the high cost. Getting a job first makes sense to me.

22. What is the worst experience you have had as an expat?

Not really understanding the train system, and having to pay a big fine for having an incorrect ticket. Not really that big a problem as far as things go, but I do have ongoing annoyances with the train system.

23. Do you have any favorite websites or blogs about the country?

www.bbc.co.uk





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